ERIC Number: ED027047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: N/A
Public Library Systems in the United States, A Survey of Multijurisdictional Systems.
American Library Association, Chicago, IL.; Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Objectives of this study were: (1) to collect information on multijurisdictional public library systems in the U. S. existing prior to January 1, 1964, emphasizing governmental-legal-administrative structure, financial support, materials and resources, personnel, and services; (2) to compare, for a sample of such systems, the financing and services prior to establishment of the system with financing and services provided by the system, with the aim of assessing the success of the system concept; (3) to reveal, by means of intensive analysis of six selected systems, the most critical problems in system development and some of the possible solutions, and (4) to propose a framework of policy guidelines on future system development for consideration by the Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Study data were collected by questionnaires and a detailed survey of six selected systems which involved field visits, interviews, and a review of relevant publications. This report is divided into three parts: Part I, an overview, includes a history of U. S. public library systems, system characteristics, and data on 58 selected systems; Part II consists of six case studies; and Part III is the study summary, including a discussion of problems encountered in providing library services and the major findings and recommendations. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Administration, Administrative Organization, Financial Support, Guidelines, Library Materials, Library Networks, Library Planning, Library Services, Library Surveys, Personnel, Public Libraries, State Libraries, Systems Development
American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611 ($10.00).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Library Association, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL.; Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.